Elisabeth Oy-Marra has been professor for art history of the early modern period at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since 2004. Her numerous research projects and publications on the arts and art theory in the early modern period, especially in Italy, have been widely received, and she has enriched her field of research by adding both cultural theory and methodical innovations to art history. In recent projects, she has traced the origins of academic art history in a more general history of science and she will continue this line of research in order to finish her new monograph "Techniken der Autopsie. Nachzeichnung, Kupferstich und Beschreibung und ihre Rolle für die Formation einer Wissenschaft der Kunst im Rom des späten 17. Jahrhunderts".